Bare-bones R: A Brief Introductory Guide

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Offering a user friendly introduction to R software

"A terrific intro book! I'll recommend it to any class I teach in which I use R. "
—Gary Mc Donald, Oakland University

This text provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the elements of R and R Commander. Assuming no background in computer programming, author Thomas P. Hogan guides the novice in using these valuable tools for statistical analysis. The book walks the reader through steps for downloading and then works through examples of basic statistical processing.

Key Features

  • “Base R” covered including downloading, creating data sets, using R functions, and R graphics
  • R Commander information includes downloading, inputting data, statistical analysis, and graphing.
  • The author shows how to import and export data or files, using add-on packages, and annotated references for further skill development.
  • The book is suitable as a supplement to any standard introduction to statistics or for the person in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and allied health fields who wants a quick start on R

Accompanied by a Student Study Site

An upcoming student study site R contains downloadable data sets used in the text as well as selected updates for R.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412980418
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 79
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas P. Hogan, Ph.D. is professor of psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton. He teaches courses in statistics, research methods, psychological testing, and educational assessment. While doing so, he has received all three of the University’s teaching awards. Prior to his time as full-time professor, he served as Dean of the Graduate School
and Director of Research and as Interim Provost/Academic Vice President at Scranton. Previously, he was professor of psychology,
Associate Chancellor for Graduate and Professional Programs, and Co-Director of the Assessment Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green
Bay. He is the author or co-author of several nationally used standardized tests, textbooks on psychological testing and educational assessment, and over 100 published articles and presentations related to psychological and educational measurement. He serves frequently as a consultant to government agencies, professional organizations, and businesses on matters of measurement, research design, and statistical analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll
University and both master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham
University, with a specialization in psychometrics.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
About the Author
Part 1: Base R
1-1: What is R?
1-2: R's Up's and Down's
1-3: Getting Started: Loading R
1-4: Getting Started Really: Using R as a Calculator
1-5: Creating a Data Set
1-6: Using R Functions: Simple Ones
1-7: Reading in Larger Data Sets
1-8: Getting Help
1-9: Dealing with Missing Data
1-10: Using R Functions: Hypothesis-tests
1-11: R Functions for Commonly Used Statistics
1-12: Two COmmands for Managing Your Files
1-13: R Graphics
Chapter 2: R Commander?
2-1: What is R Commander
2-2: R Commander Windows and Menus
2-3: The Data Menu
2-4: The Statistics Menu
2-5: The Graphics Menu
2-6: The Distributions Menu: Two Quick Examples
Chapter 3: Some Other Stuff
3-1: A Few Other Ways to Enter Data
3-2: Exporting R Results
3-3: Bonus: Build Your Own Functions
3-4: An Example of an Add-on Package
3-5: Keeping Up to Date
3-6: Going Further: Selected References
Handy List of a Few Crucial Commands in base R
Going Further: Selected References

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